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When i got up this morning Pixie just wasnt right. She was all floppy and wouldnt stand up or anything, it was like she had a far away look in her eyes.

So my first thorght was she must have low blood sugar, she didnt eat very much yesterday, her last meal was at about 5pm.

I remembered hearing on this forum to give honey in this situation. So i but some behind her teeth and she lapped it off my finger to. I then just gave her puppy meat, as its quicker for her to eat. She has perked up somewhat now and is looking interested in things again.

I'm so worried about her now. Billy never showed any signs of his when he was a baby.

Would someone please tell me what the proper stuff is called for hypoglycemia (sp) and also what else i should do if it happens again.

Should i get her checked at the vets?

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You did the right thing with the honey, glad to hear she is a bit better now.

With little pups you are better to feed them little and often - when I got Poppy I fed her 5 times a day - her last feed was at 11pm and I left a bowl of food with her at night too. At times I even hand fed her to make sure she was eating the food.

Keeping a level blood sugar is key, so with constant small meals, hypoglycaemia shouldn't happen. Once Poppy got a little older and over 2lbs, I then just fed her three times a day, I still leave a little food out for her at night though.
 

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I'm offering her food every 2 hours now and she seems much better.

Think she just had an off day yesterday and didnt eat much.

She is so different to Billy, not nearly as out going. I think she will need alot more socialising than billy ever needed.

But anyway, she has been playing and is sleeping now so hopefully she is over it. I'll be keeping a very close eye on her from now on.

Thanks for your replys.

Any other tips would be very much appreciated.

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O no i hope she pulls through soon. Its strange that she whould have this ive never ever experienced it with any of my puppies/dogs i have bred. The Honey was fast thinking keep a close eye on her if you get very worried take her to the vets. Good luck x
 

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hope she is ok, never experienced it with tulula, but i was feeding her 4 times aday! lol good luck and i hope it sorts it self out
 

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Yes, frequent small meals to keep her blood sugar stabilized. Some people put a squirt of honey or syrup in their water. ??

Be sure that you don't just treat the low blood sugar with plain old sugar. (Nutracal, honey, syrup, etc.). You must follow up with a protein and/or carbohydrate to keep the sugar from going up and then plummeting back down again. So you did EXACTLY the right thing by giving her the meat along with the sugar.

You acted perfectly. So keep a close eye on her. Make sure she eats every few hours. And if you see the hypoglycemic symptoms again, treat her just as you did with the sugar followed by the meat. That was the right thing to do.
 

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what about Electrolyts? Its the smae as life aid you add a small drop to the water if anyone else has used this before its good for fading puppies
A fading puppy is different than a hypoglycemic puppy. Although a fading puppy could be hypoglycemic. Hope that makes sense. Electrolytes are helpful, especially in dehydration cases, which often happens when puppies fail to nurse.
 

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You would do well to keep Nutri-Cal on hand. It's a high-calorie very palatable dietary supplement, and gives a boost of increased caloric and nutritional intake, and is a little better nutritionally than sugar or honey, though they are perfectly acceptable too. But whatever you give her still needs to be followed up with protein to keep the blood sugar level.

The issue with hypoglycemia in tiny animals is that their bodies just aren't as equipped to regulate their levels as with bigger dogs, in that they don't have enough body mass to accumulate the energy/caloric reserves they need. It isn't just about feeding them regularly, it's also about making sure their intake is balanced against their activity levels, too. Yes, they WILL become hypoglycemic if they go too long without food, but they are ALSO susceptible to plummeting levels if they've engaged in a more prolonged period of higher activity levels, even if they've eaten recently. It's about how many calories they're burning at any one time.

When I rescued Jazz she was was tiny, (and pretty sick, too) and so I fed her every 3 hours round the clock, getting up several times a night to do so. During the day, when she'd play with Tango, or with me, and be extra active, I'd also give her a shot of Nutri-Cal between feedings to guard against any possibility of a drop.

she didnt eat very much yesterday, her last meal was at about 5pm.
See, this is way too long for her to go without food. From 5 pm till whenever you got her up the next day is at LEAST 12 hours, if you got up at 5.00 a.m. I don't mean to criticize you, please don't take it as that, but it's important for Pixie's health that you are aware of her nutritional needs. She needs to eat much more frequently. If you think she might actually help herself to food during the night, then certainly leave some out for her. But if you're not sure, I urge you to get up at least once to feed her.

She's very, very precious. I'd hate to see anything happen to her.
 

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i just didnt no if it would help with low blood sugar if given in a small amount? I no its a different scenario but i was just giving a helping hand :) lol
It probably wouldn't hurt anything. But electrolytes wouldn't necessarily bring up blood sugar. They are based on sodium, potassium, etc..... things that are needed for proper cell functioning but not tied to blood sugar. Now if the electrolyte solution contained a sugar... dextrose, sucrose, etc. then it would certainly help.
 

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Electrolytes are what the the cells of the body need to keep it hydrated. A hypoglycemic dog can be well hydrated and STILL be crashing, or crashed.
 

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I did try to feed her after 5pm but she just wasnt intereted. She just seemed to have an off day yesterday, maybe it was her setteling in, i dont know. I WILL be up in the night to feed her from now on till she gets a bit bigger. I cant get any nutri-cal where i live I have been to the chemist and pet shop. The best the pet shop could offer was some milk for puppies the sort that you give when the mother wont nurse.

So i have dissolved some sugar in water for now and i am feeding her food every 2 hours, i will also leave the milk down for her. I figure it wont hurt her to have that. I hope I'm doing the right hing here.

I cant say i have ever heard of electrolytes. I wouldnt even know where to get it from.

I'll go to pets at home tomorrow and see if i can get the nutri-cal. Would i get it from a pet shop?

Thanks so much everyone. x
 

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You can see if your vet carries it. It's a paste in a tube. If not, syrup or honey will do in a pinch.
 

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I searched the Pets At Home Website and didn't find any listing for Nutri-Cal, so I'm not sure you can get it there. You can get it online from Amazon, or PetMeds, and I'm sure there are plenty of other online places too, they're the ones I'm most familiar with.

Have you ever heard of Pedialyte? You know, for kids? That's an electrolyte solution. So is GatorAde for that matter. There are electrolytes in pretty much every sports drink. Not that you've give a sports drink to a dog, but I'm just trying to give you some examples.
 

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I have heard of people with small puppies giving a midnight snack so to speak.
I used to give some nutra cal on baby meat--sounds horrid and smells so too. You were great in this little crisis. With all that you have to take care of...amazing !
 
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